#SaveRome hits Thai twitter trending amidst threats against opposition MP

The hashtag #saveโรม (#saveRome) trended on Friday (19 June) morning to protect Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome against threats related to enforced disappearances.

Rangsiman Rome addressed at the Parliament on 12 June 2020.

Last Wednesday (10 June) democracy activist-turned-opposition MP Rangsiman Rome spoke out in parliament over the apparent enforced disappearance of self-exiled activist Wanchalearm ‘Tar’ Satsaksit in Cambodia. Wanchalearm is thought to have been disappeared by the Thai state.

Thai netizens on Friday used the hashtag #saveโรม in order to support Rangisman and also to criticize the state for using violence and fear as intimidation tactics.

Rangsiman Rome at Democracy monument on 10 February 2018.

Late on the night of 20 March, the hashtag #saveรังสิมันต์โรม (#SaveRangsimanRome) was trending on Twitter as Thai Twitter users expressed their support for opposition MP after charges were filed against him for defamation.

Rangiman was not given time during the no-confidence debate in late February to question Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan over his business dealings. 

The Move Forward MP accused a network of Gen Prawit supporters both in the government and in the opposition of conspiring to prevent him from having time to make a statement. He later held an ‘out of parliament’ censure debate where he publicly accused Gen Prawit of using his political power to amass a vast fortune through his ties to several organizations.

One of these organizations, the Forest Conservation Foundation has filed a defamation suit against Rangsiman.

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